My name is Joe Ranger, a Captain in the United States Army. Here pictured is the Vietnam War, told through my eyes, and through my experiences.
Fighting in Vietnam was extremely difficult. We didn't know who our enemy was, the terrain was terrible, and the Viet Cong, those who we fought, used Guerilla tactics... at night.
There was one instance in which soldiers gunned down innocent civillians, mostly women and children in an event called the My Lai Massacre. This explains the frustration of the soldiers, leading them to their breaking point.
For me, I was able to keep my composure because I wasn't in the war for long. I was in college at the beginning of the war, and through the college defferment program, delayed my service for the three years until my graduation.
Meanwhile, as our soldiers were fighting unwillingly against the Viet Cong, riots were held across the United States. The Student Movement was created, causing a growing opposition to the war, and sparking events at schools around the country, such as the Kent State Riot.
These riots had plenty of material to be angry about, as the Vietnam War was the first to be fully covered by media outlets. This means that cameras were on the ground, in the war zone, reporting on what was happening almost instantly.